RCPCH Conference Online 2021 – QI Highlights

Join thousands of colleagues from around the world at this year's flagship virtual event with sessions on quality improvement across all 3 days.

By meganpeng · May 21, 2021

Join a global paediatric community for this year’s RCPCH Conference Online on 15-17th June 2021 and enjoy inspirational keynote talks, specialty sessions and a virtual poster gallery that will showcase the latest research and innovations in child health.

The theme for this year’s event is ‘challenges, opportunities and solutions for child health in the COVID-19 era‘ with a programme of quality improvement breakout sessions taking place:

Day 1 – Tuesday 15th June

10:30am-11:00am BST

’15 Years of Medicines for Children – A Celebration and Look Ahead’

Chaired by Andy Fox, Consultant Medicines Safety Pharmacist at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.

10:30am-13:00pm BST

‘Post COVID-19 Service Delivery: Abandon, Adopt, Adapt’

Chaired by Dr Damian Roland, Consultant and Honorary associate Professor in Paediatric Emergency Medicine at University Hospital of Leicester NHS Trust.

15:30pm-18:00pm BST

‘The Importance of Kindness in the Age of COVID’

Chaired by Dr Camilla Kingdon with John Ballatt (author of ‘Intelligent Kindness: Reforming the Culture of Healthcare’), Professor Paul Batalden (author of ‘Sustainably Improving Health Care: Creatively Linking Care Outcomes, System Performance and Professional Development’), and Dr Bob Klaber (Director of Strategy, Research & Innovation at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust).

17:00pm-18:15pm BST

‘QI Showcase – Top-scoring Abstracts in Quality and Patient Safety’

Chaired by Dr Jan Dudley, RCPCH Officer for Clinical Standards and Quality Improvement, and including presentations on:

  • ‘Evaluating the Utility and Effectiveness of a Registrar-led Rapid Access Clinic’ by Dr Chloe Ann Cheang.
  • ‘Quality Improvement Project: Improving Safeguarding Processes for 16- and 17-year-olds in the Emergency Department at North Middlesex University Hospital’ by Dr Joseph Simpson.
  • ‘Evaluation of Interagency Safeguarding Referral Forms for Children at a District General Hospital’ by Dr Sara Farhat Dominguez.
  • ‘Barriers to Achieving Quality Neonatal Care in Low Resource Settings: Perspectives from a Unique Panel of Neonatal Health Experts’ by Dr Eshkeerat Kaur.
  • ‘Will I Leave Work on Time Today? A Quality Improvement Project’ by Dr Hajera Sheikh.
  • ‘Moving On Up – Establishing a Transition Service for Young People with Epilepsy’  by Dr Sarah Barrow.
  • ‘IMGs ‘the Glue of Paediatric Rotas’, But Who Are They?’ by the Soft Landing Team.
  • ‘Drug Drills: Improving Paediatric Team Performance and Confidence when Prescribing and Preparing Unfamiliar Emergency Medications’ by Dr Emma Hesketh.


Day 2 – Wednesday 16th June

10:30am-13:00pm BST

‘Social Determinants of Children and Young People’s Health’

Chaired by Dr Mathew Mathai (Consultant Paediatrician at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) and led by the executive team at the Born in Bradford Programme, the session will be an interactive exploration of interventions and innovations aiming to address some of the social determinants of health affecting children and young people today across 3 key themes:

  • Co-production – how to involve multiple stakeholders, children and young people, agencies, disciplines and participants
  • Data linkage – how data is developed over time and the effective use of routinely collected data
  • Systems working – how our work is dependent on the systems beyond healthcare.

10.30pm-13.00pm BST

‘Delivering Quality Paediatric Care Virtually – What are the Opportunities and Challenges?’

Chaired by Dr Kate Pryde, Consultant Paediatrician at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.


Day 3 – Thursday 17th June

10:30am-13:00pm BST

‘COVID-19 and Poverty: Child Health on Trial’

In a courtroom style discussion with expert witnesses testifying in front of a grand jury consisting of children and young people, this is a co-delivered session to, and for, the nation’s children. As Chief Prosecutor, Dr Guddi Singh will cross-examine a series of expert witnesses to interrogate just how well – or badly – child health in the UK has defended and protected the nation’s children both before and during the pandemic. By answering a series of key questions, we will learn what has been happening at national, local and individual levels on this issue, and on the basis of this evidence, our jury will judge our performance, and present their verdict.

Child health is being put on trial – and you’ve been served!

15:30pm-18:00pm BST

‘Children and Young People’s Mental Health – Impact and Opportunities’

Chaired by Dr Karen Street (RCPCH Officer for Mental Health) and Dr Rory Conn (Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist) with keynote speaker Prof Tamsin Ford, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge and panel discussions with experts across community, emergency and general paediatric care.


Your admission provides entry to all three days of RCPCH Conference Online, including keynote lectures, breakout sessions and specialty symposia.

And for a period after the event, you can watch sessions on-demand and access the the digital library of posters.

We hope you can join us!

Find out more on the RCPCH website here